NDSU Extension - Morton County


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February 28, 2018

Here are some items for clubs and members as we prepare for the second half of the 4-H year. 

Kari and I were visiting and thought that since we have not seen a lot of Secretary’s Reports handed in this year, we would try and make it easier for all of you to submit those forms.  So, Kari has created an online form that you can fill out and submit to us.  We will receive notification when it is uploaded.  You no longer have to worry about emailing, mailing or bringing it in to the office.  The link, www.tinyurl.com/4HSecretaryReport or you can go to our website www.ag.ndsu.edu/mortoncountyextension it is under 4-H Youth Development, 4-H Forms

Thank you to those clubs that have invited me to attend your meetings!  I have been able to accept some of the invitations and others we will have to try again the next time.  Marissa and I are planning on attending the March 13 meeting of the Go-Getters 4-H Club in St. Anthony.  Integrity 4-H Club will be doing archery with me on March 11 and the Hay Creek Kids 4-H club will be doing We-Do Robotics at their April 15 meeting. 

4-H Camp registration opens March 1.  Camps will fill up fast so if you are considering a Horse Camp, register today.  Also, please see some new camps this year we are excited to offer.  The website to register is  https://www.ultracamp.com/clientlogin.aspx?idCamp=775&campcode=rtm&lang=en-Us&justsignedout=true 

The next 4-H Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 20 at 7:00pm at the Morton County Courthouse. 

Morton County Ag Day sponsored by Morton County Farm Bureau will be held on Thursday March 15 at the former Thrifty White Building in Mandan. 

The deadline for registering for projects for the 2017-2018 4-H year is May 1.  You will not be able to add or drop projects after this date.  Please read below the difference between a project and exhibit.  We do not need to know by May 1 what you are bringing to the fair for Achievement Days.

What is an Achievement Day Exhibit?

An exhibit is an item or display designed to show something that the members have accomplished. Exhibits are usually associated with a fair, but members can exhibit their project work at club meetings, community events and other opportunities. Members are required to exhibit their work at the Morton County 4-H Achievement Days for at least one project. Participation in competitive activities and exhibits is encouraged as an opportunity for education, recognition and public awareness opportunity. Fair premiums, ribbons and other awards are incentives and symbols of recognition in many areas for those who choose to participate. Self-recognition and self-satisfaction for having completed a project are important rewards.

What Are 4-H Projects?

There are approximately 100 projects available on a variety of subject matters of interest to youth. Projects are real-life experiences that help the 4-Her’s learn to make sound decisions. Projects put the hands and minds to work. 4-H projects take on a wide variety of interests and activities that are designed to attract boys and girls regardless of their place of residence, economic status, race, etc. Members are expected to complete the projects in which they enroll. Projects provide the basis of the 4-H program by offering various educational experiences. Carrying out a project will help the member "Learn to Do by Doing" as well as learning why things happen the way they do.

Why projects? The project is a teaching tool that can be used to develop boys and girls to their maximum potential so long as we view project works as a "means to an end" and not the end in itself. This means that the basic objective of 4-H - the development of the boy and girl - is the most important consideration, not the garment the member makes or the calf the member raises, or the miscellaneous project the member completes.

How are projects conducted? Project work is conducted through various activities and events such as: project meetings; regular club meetings; tours to visit projects of members; family activity at home; exhibiting project work at shows, fairs, etc.; record keeping.

What are guidelines to selecting projects? Parents and the member should know and fully understand what is expected of them before they enroll in a project. Projects are selected in the fall when on-line enrollment opens on September 1. You do have access to change/add/drop projects until May 1.  After May 1, your projects are locked in and unavailable for us to change/add/drop. 

Usually younger members should limit their projects to one or two. Older, more experienced members may be able to do several different projects, including those that are more difficult. Factors that parents and leaders should consider in helping a club member to select a project is:

  • The project should meet the needs and interests of the member. The problem here, however, is that in many cases the youngster does not really know if they would like a particular project without first giving it a try.
  • The project should be appropriate for the age and ability of the member.

The 2018 Morton County 4-H Achievement Days registration for exhibits will be done this year through Fair Entry.  Everything will be done online this year.  If you are not enrolled in a project, the system will not let you register for an exhibit. This includes animal projects as well.

I am planning on taking another group of youth to Washington, DC as part of this amazing program.  Youth need to be ages 14 to 19 years old. CWF participants enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at our nation's capital and the chance to meet Members of Congress; motivational speakers, educational workshops, and assemblies that increase individual commitment to citizen involvement and build lifetime skills for success; participate in activities that encourage new and lasting friendships; and an enthusiastic staff of young adults that work directly with them.  We are scheduled to go the week of July 1 returning Saturday July 7.

In 2016, six youth from Morton County attended this event and I think if you asked any of them, they would agree, it was a memorable trip with lots of opportunities for learning.

The cost of the trip is approximately $1700.00 plus your own spending cash and a few meals.

As per Morton County 4-H Council policy, 4-Hers should have attended six (6) club meetings before exhibiting. If a 4-Her belongs to more than one club (ex. regular club plus a horse club) the 4-Her must attend four regular club meetings and four workouts. (One workout = 1/2 regular club meeting.) It is up to club leaders to manage this.  The office simply partners with the Club Leaders if they find an issue with attendance. 

Youth Quality Care of Animals
All youth that are participating in the North Dakota State Fair and bringing Livestock will be required to attend a YQCA meeting or complete the training on line.  Certificates will be required before you can show your animal at the North Dakota State Fair in the 4-H Division.  There will be no exceptions. Marissa has set a YQCA meeting for Monday, April 23 at the Morton County Courthouse.  We will begin at 6:30pm. 

Managing Control of Animals
Managing Control dates are March 1 for all Beef Market Animals.  All other livestock is May 1.  Forms will be filled out to turn into the office regarding managing control.  We are working on a tagging system that will best fit the needs of our county and have yet to work out all the kinks.  Please, at this time, submit your required paperwork for Market Beef by March 15.    Pictures are required and maybe submitted electronically.   More information will be sent out as details are worked through. If you do not submit a managing control form, you will not be able to show at the state fair or the county fair.  As per North Dakota State Fair policy, all market beef managing control needs to be into your local county office by March 1, we are allowing you until March 15 as this email is out late.  All other livestock, managing control paperwork will need to be into the office by May 1.  Here is the link:  https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/mortoncountyextension/4h-and-youth/4-h-forms .




If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the office. 

Have a great week!

Karla Meikle
Extension Service /  Morton County
210 2nd Avenue NW
Mandan, ND 58554

p:   701.667.3340
fax: 701.667.3348





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